Coravin by the glass selection so I didn’t snag a picture of the bottle, but after 2 weeks at a tax conference in Orlando I deserved a nice glass of wine and a steak to end the trip. I have always heard of Chateau Musar, but have never had the opportunity to try any of their wines. Let’s just say expectations were exceeded. Such a gentle wine with well rounded notes of cedar, baking spices, wet leather and dried herbs like thyme and possibly sage(?). Complex finish that lasted for a good minute or so that left the taste of English breakfast tea and tobacco on the tip of my tongue. Really really fun wine. — 15 days ago
Cacique Maravilla Pipeno Pais 2016. These grapes are 100% organic wine. The soil has never been contaminated with pesticides. When I poured it from my coravin it bubbled in the glass. The color is almost like a pink sparkling wine. And the bouquet is sparkly fizzy fun on my nose. The initial bouquet is not far behind with a light tingle on my tongue. However this is a dry wine. It is very light with cherry and cranberry fruit. It is a very simple wine. The mid-palate loses all the fizz and flows into a nice semi dry finish. There are Earth tones and oak on the mid palate as well!!!!! This would be awesome slightly chilled to about 52 degrees on a hot day. — a month ago
Drank over two nights, with first being with use of a coravin. Nice fruit flavors and well developed. Drank equally well several days later when we opened the bottle. — 15 days ago
This bottle was needled with the Coravin a while back. 12 months? The wine shows some oxidation so all these myths that you can put a bottle back in your Cellar is BS! The rating is pretty much unchanged. Plenty of tannins left quite rustic though. Tons of cherries 🍒 chalk minerals orange 🍊 rind on the back palate. The wine gained weight but it lacks elegance and might never be the special bottle you open for thanksgiving. A disappointment given that that Pavelot had such a good name with the experts. — a month ago
A Coravin sample was used to test this wine. AND? I will buy the 16 just to see were this producer will go. Elegant and mostly raspberry driven. Chalky. I get orange 🍊 rind on the back palate. Tightly coiled right now and hard to judge. Needs time. Revisit in a couple of years or so. Unfortunately rare and highly allocated. From Lyle Fass. — 18 days ago
Writing notes from memory rather than real time as I normally do.
I’ve never loved many of the 2010 Napa/Sonoma wines. For me, they just don’t show the body and structure I’ve become accustom to from the region in their best years. 2010 was cooler, had more overcast/hazy days and some rain at harvest that complicated things.
The West Ridge showed nice fruits of; black cherry, strawberries, cherries, some lean blackberries, cranberries and pomegranate. The fruits were lighter in style on the first night from Coravin. The second night the wine put on some weight. It was mostly fruit and not a lot of complexity. However, had some very and I mean very light baking spices, hint of herbaceous and soft understated minerals and limestone. Rounded out with some fresh pink & red florals. The acidity was very nice. However, the finish while nicely fruit driven, smooth & elegant, it left me a little palate empty and wanting more from the bottling.
I did enjoy the lower 12.8% ABV though...wish more producers were in the 12-13% range.
Photos of; the Hirsch tasting room, Owner David Hirsch, their barrel room and one of their Sonoma vineyards. — 23 days ago
Out of a Coravin magnum, taking time to wake up, everything is there although backed off a little, now the richness and acidic length start to come through. — 2 months ago